You Gotta Check Out the Cobra at the Brooks Museum

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Made in Sweden: 20th-Century Design
Goodman Gallery
Through May 31

From the exhibition text….

Between the wars, Swedish glass came to be recognized for it elegance and sophistication. Examples here include the blue vase by Simon Gate made at Orrefors in the 193Os. Stig Lindberg’s nesting, oven-proof “Gefyr” bowls exemplify the simplicity and practicality that was emphasized for everyday use. Sven Palmqvist is represented by his “Fuga,” “Colora,” and “Revenna” series; “Ravenna” was inspired by medieval Italian stained-glass windows.

Soon after the war, plastic gained in prominence as a new and attractive material for everyday utensils. The porcelain factory of Gustavsberg was among the pioneers in producing the material on a large scale. Plastic soon replaced Bakelite for telephones and opened the way to new designs such as the “Ericophone,” which was popularly known as the “Cobra.”

THE EXHIBITION IS PART OF THE MEMPHIS IN MAY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATION OF SWEDEN.

Carl-Arne Breger, Swedish, 1923-2009
LM Ericsson telephone company
“Diavox” telephone, 1973
Plastic
Collection of Rohsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden rkm 25-2004

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